AUT follows the Ministry of Education Guidelines for Tertiary Education Organisations for operations under the Government COVID-19 Protection Framework - the Traffic Light System.
Updated 9 December 2021
1. The University will rely on Government and their public health experts and advisors for the most authoritative and safe source of information and guidance on COVID-19 in Aotearoa.
2. The University will make every endeavour to comply with all the Government-mandated requirements of the new COVID-19 Protection Framework. Our priority remains keeping our staff and students safe while supporting work and learning as fully as possible.
3. The University’s positions on the key matters related to vaccination and operations have been determined taking into consideration consultation with staff, students and relevant groups, and the obligations the University has under the Acts of Parliament for employment, human rights, health orders, education, and health and safety.
4. All AUT statements and notices to staff, students and the public issued from any part of the University must be consistent with the positions set out in this statement as follows.
5. We encourage everyone who can get vaccinated to do so (based on recent survey information almost all our staff will be fully vaccinated by 2022).
6. Under the Red level of the Framework, by Government order, everyone on campus must be fully vaccinated and have a COVID-19 Vaccination Certification pass “My Vaccine Pass.” Information on how to go about getting a My Vaccine Pass is on the Unite Against COVID-19 Website.
7. Exceptions will be made for people with a medical exemption that has been approved by the Ministry of Health. Details on this process are on the Ministry of Health website here.
8. Methods of checking vaccination verification have been designed to minimize disruption and intrusion, but staff and students should keep their My Vaccine Pass with them when on campus. A necessary step is to register your My Vaccine Pass here.
9. We will contact those who have chosen not to be vaccinated or not to declare their vaccination status to help with options available to them.
10. Support for those who are unvaccinated or those concerned about the possibility of encountering unvaccinated people on campus is being made available to:
11. All appointments of new staff during the operation of the COVID Protection Framework will normally require verification of vaccination.
12. Under Red, in 2022:
13. Under Orange and Green of the Protection Framework, we anticipate that campuses will be open regardless of vaccination status, with necessary public health protections in place. There will, however, be some positions of employment for which vaccination will remain a requirement. Staff in these positions will be advised next year. The announcement that the level will change to Orange during our closure/summer operations has resulted in a decision that AUT’s campuses will operate as at the Red level until after the Auckland Anniversary Holiday on 31 January. This will enable vaccine requirements for roles to be finalised and provide staff and students with time to prepare for a full return to campus.
14. Teaching and Learning: Under all levels of the COVID Protection Framework, we will be returning as much as possible to our normal blended learning arrangements, with public health requirements in place.
15. Students who choose not to be vaccinated can be enrolled for 2022 but cannot be on campus during Red level of the Framework.
16. Students will be advised at enrolment that:
17. Research including graduate research and related activities will resume on campus, as much as possible. The public health requirements for research are the same as those for other on-campus and in-person activities (above).
The University position on matters related to vaccination and other public health measures will be reviewed regularly and with any change announced by Government.
Read our student vaccination information privacy statement to find out about privacy around the collection and storage of this data.